Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern

SHL more than 100 years history

Over 100 Years leading the way

So many of the world’s finest hotels have one thing in common. For over 100 years, they have turned to SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule to find the hoteliers, entrepreneurs and managers of tomorrow. Today, we are known across the world for developing people’s talent and training the very best in the hotel industry. SHL is one of the two original hotel management schools in Switzerland – and the only one that offers a BSc in Hospitality Management in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Lucerne (HSLU) 

Step into the world of SHL

SHL History 1909
SHL Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Students


Switzerland is renowned as the place to come to study the hospitality trade. And SHL is one of only two institutions in the country that offer Bachelor of Science degrees in Hospitality Management that are accredited by the Swiss federal government and comply with the Bologna Declaration. Join the next generation of SHL bachelor students and you could elevate your skills to world standard


SHL Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Students
SHL enthusiastic hoteliers

Experience the World of Hospitality

Join us this summer at the SHL Summer Academy to explore the pulse of hospitality. During the educational, interactive and fun one-week programme, you will gain a short, but extensive glimpse into the hospitality industry, learn more about hospitality careers, discover world-renowned Lucerne and meet lots of great people. All at once.

All about the SHL Summer Academy

SHL Summer Academy Hoteliers in the making
SHL Campus Students on the terrace


You’ll find the SHL Campus right at the heart of Lucerne, Switzerland’s ‘City of Festivals’ with a year-round programme of music and culture events. The campus has a stunning view of Lake Lucerne, and the wonderful scenery of Switzerland is on your doorstep – with all the cultural highlights of Europe within easy reach too. There are lots of opportunities to enjoy sports, night life and excursions while you’re here, and you’ll also be able to experience the high quality of life that Switzerland is famous for

Explore the city of Lucerne

SHL Campus Students in the classroom
SHL Campus and the restaurant run by our students

Take the Tour

The SHL Campus offers you an incredible experience in an original Swiss hotel management school environment, where heritage meets the needs of modern-day students. The campus is made up of the SHL Lakeview Campus, the SHL City Campus and the Hotel SHL, our student accommodation. Imagine immersing yourself in your chosen subject here, building your skills and gaining friends from around the world that you'll have for life


SHL Campus Students enjoying a coffee break
SHL Campus Lecturer holding lessons
SHL Campus and its own Wine Cellar
SHL Campus Lecturer and students working on a group project
SHL Campus create and relax area
SHL Student seized the opportunity


The hospitality industry offers a vast array of exciting and inspiring career possibilities. If you want to seize the opportunity, the sky is the limit for leaders, managers and entrepreneurs. The industry is growing fast too. In fact, in the US alone a new job is created in the industry every 2.5 seconds. As one of the two original hospitality management schools in Switzerland, SHL has over the past +100 years build an extensive and renowned network, consisting of excellent industry and academic partners

Your Stepping Stone to an exciting career

SHL Students developing their leader skills
Connect with our students

Connect with our Students

SHL has always led the way in student diversity. Back in the 1920s, we had a truly international student body, welcoming students from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands, Russia, England, the US and South America. One hundred years later, you could put yourself at the centre of this global pool of talent by studying here. Learn more about the SHL experience from our students themselves.

Find out how to connect

a new SHL generation of hospitality leaders
SHL nurturing talents for over 100 years


Start your career as you mean to go on, at the very top. And take your place at a hotel management school that has been nurturing talent for over 100 years. As one of only two original Swiss hotel management schools, SHL is famous across the world for the quality of its graduates. By studying here, you’ll become an expert in the fine art of Swiss hospitality and be connected to a global Alumni community

Become a Swiss Hospitality Expert

SHL students are experts in the fine art of hospitality
SHL leads generations of inspiring leaders


Follow the story of a 110-year-old inspiration. Meet the next generation of inspiring leaders and managers in your chosen profession, share your thoughts and dreams and keep up to date with the changing shape of the industry. Join in the discussion and get your voice heard. Follow us on our Social Media channels and use the hashtag #enthusiastichoteliers to discover more on Instagram and Twitter

Meet generations of inspiring leaders

SHL Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management Students
SHL Alumni network one of the most active and respected professional networks in the world


To succeed in your chosen career, your ‘black book’ of contacts can make a crucial difference. Come to SHL and you’ll be part of a network of 10,000 alumni, one of the most active and respected professional networks in the industry. In fact, for four years in a row, Switzerland’s Hotelier of the Year launched their careers at SHL

Explore SHL Alumni Stories

SHL community with more than 10 000 alumni worldwide
We welcome you to explore the SHL Lakeview Campus


One of the best ways to understand the edge that SHL can give you is by coming to see us. You’re always invited to our next Willkommen@SHL event or you can arrange an individual meeting with us here in Lucerne. Immerse yourself in the SHL world: explore the campus, talk to our lecturers and students, and find out more about the admissions process. Oh, and make sure to enjoy the delicious food, prepared and served by our F&B semester students

Get in touch

Visit SHL Campus for an individual tour
How to apply for SHL Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management


SHL has a rolling application process. As the course is respected around the world, there is always a high demand for places, so it’s worth getting your application to us as soon as you can. To apply, you’ll need to fill in our form, upload your documents and carry out an aptitude test, as well as a personal interview. You can start doing it all now online. But before you begin, make sure you have all the documents you need to hand. Just to let you know, the visa application process can take up to three months

How to apply

SHL online application process
Find out if you are eligible to transfer at SHL

Admission for Transfer Students

SHL Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern welcomes transfer students from other hospitality management schools, universities and other tertiary institutions. Our transfer students share our students’ passion for service and hospitality and exhibit the same characteristics of our current student body: a love of learning and the academic qualifications, an enthusiastic personality and a willingness to devote themselves to the student body and the school.

Am I eligible for transfer?

Admission process for transfer students at SHL
SHL supports outstanding Bachelor candidates with SHL Inspire Scholarship

SHL Inspire Scholarship

SHL Inspire Scholarship was designed to support outstanding Bachelor candidates in their pursuit to become part of the next generation of hospitality leaders. We aim for those enthusiastic hoteliers with an outstanding passion and fascination for hospitality industry.

All about the SHL Inspire Scholarship

SHL Inspire Scholarship for outstanding Bachelor candidates
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